Events 01.02.20

Around Troy

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4-H Junior Chefs Program

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program is holding a 4-H Junior Chefs program in January. This session is for youth eight years and older who like to cook, and for those who would like to learn how to cook. The 4-H Junior Chefs will meet at the CCE Office, located at 61 State St., Troy on the second floor, on Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There is a $25.00 registration fee for 4-H members and $30.00 for non-members or $10 per session if you cannot make it to all three. Pre-registration is required no later than January 6th and registration will be limited. To register a youth, or for more information, please contact Eileen DePaula at 518-272-4210 or For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you need any accommodations please let us know at the time of registration.

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Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

Please call the library to register for programs. (518)766-2715.

Storytime: Every Wed. 10:30am

Yoga: Sat.- 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25 10:30am

Friends Meeting: Mon. 1/6 6:30pm

Minecraft: Wed. 1/8 6-7pm

Open Mic: Fri. 1/10 6-8pm

Purl Jam Knitting: Wed. 1/15 6-8

LEGO Club: Wed. 1/22 6-7pm

Book Club: Tues. 1/28 7pm

Film Showing: Downton Abbey 1/31 6pm

TED Talks: Tues. 1/21 3-4pm

Fitness Fusion: Thurs. 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 6pm

Teen Night: DIY Self-Care Products- Wed. 1/29 6-7:30pm

Coming in January: New! Writers Get-Together!- Call for 4 to 8 people putting pen to paper and/or fingers to laptop! Creating a supportive space for writers. We will explore the memoir, creative writing, short stories, and essays. Ask for our information packet at the library. All ages welcome!

*The Library will be closing at 5pm on 12/31 and closed 1/1 on New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays!

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 1/2-1/11

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Mend-A-Bear – Make an appointment for free repair of your stuffed animal or dog toy! Call 518-369-2488 for appointment.

Storytime with Goodie the Therapy Dog – Thursday, January 2, 10:30am – Meet Goodie the therapy dog at this special storytime. All ages welcome.

Paper Clip Jewelry – Thursday, January 2, 12:00-6:00pm – Use paper clips & decorative tape to make a bracelet, necklace, or other craft!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, January 3, 10:00-11:00am – With a variety of toys & blocks, this playtime is designed for children ages birth-5.

Bridge Club – Friday, January 3, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners & players who need a refresher.

Perler Bead Crafts – Friday, January 3, 12:00-6:00pm – Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Painting Fun – Saturday, January 4, 10:00am – 4:00pm – Stop by the library to have fun with all kinds of paint!

After Dinner Book Club – “Dodge City,” by Tom Clavin – Monday, January 6, 7:00pm – Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk.

Pajama Storytime- Tuesday, January 7, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! Ages birth-8.

Word Games – Wednesday, January 8, 3:00-7:00pm – Stop by with a family member or friend to play giant Boggle, Bananagrams, and more!

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, January 9, 10:30am – Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills! Join us every Thursday for fun and learning.

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, January 10, 10:00-11:00am – Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this playtime is designed for children ages birth to 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Winter Edible Art – Friday, January 10, 4:00-8:00pm – Make winter-inspired sculptures you can eat! All ages welcome. A 2nd Friday event.

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East Greenbush Community Library 1/2-1/9

*Events with an asterisk require registration.

Adult Winter Reading Challenge Begins January 3rd! This year’s theme is Read the Library. Game cards are available at the reference desk.

1/3: Adult Open Recreation Space, 9:30am-2:30pm; Music Together (ages 1-5), 10am OR 11am; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm

1/5: 4th Annual Movie & TV Trivia*, 2pm. Individuals & teams can sign up anytime at the Reference Desk via phone or in-person.

1/6: ENL: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; AARP Smart Driver Course*, 9:30am-4pm

1/7: Terrific Tuesdays (ages 3-5), 10am; Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Greenbush Garden Club: Let’s Make a Flower Arrangement (Bring your own mug)*, business meeting 6:30pm, presentation, 7:15pm

1/8: ENL: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Fantastic 4’s & 5’s, 11am; Teen Anime Club, 3pm; Legal Project: Free Legal Consultations*, 5:30-7:30pm; SCA Bardic Practice, 6pm

1/9: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Baby Meet Up, 11am; Visit with Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, 2-4pm


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Seven days without church makes one weak!

Come worship at the Church by the Lake. Snyder’s Lake Community Church offers a non-denominational, Christian service rooted in the Gospel and family values. Join us every Sunday at our 10am worship service located at 24 Camp Scully Way, Wynantskill. Church, it’s a strengthening exercise for the soul!

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New Associate Pastor at Brunswick Church

The new year brings with it a new associate pastor at Brunswick Church (PCUSA). Joining Senior Pastor Henry Kim is Pastor Kim Jackson. She was born and raised overseas as part of a foreign service family, but most recently called Washington D.C. home. She will be living in Troy as she begins this ministry. Pastor Kim brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to this call. We invite everyone to join us in worship on Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 8:30 am and 11 am as we welcome Pastor Kim Jackson in January. Brunswick Church is located at 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY 12180 (just off of Rt. 351).


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It takes a village…

On behalf of Community, Work & Independence, Inc. and Tri-County United Way, we would like to thank everyone who volunteered, collected food donations, donated to and sponsored the Sixth Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive that took place on November 1-2 at Price Chopper/Market 32 in Queensbury. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, the food drive raised 8.34 tons of food to benefit 20 food pantries in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties! This was double the amount collected last year.

They say it takes a village and we agree. In June, the Stuff the Bus Planning Committee comprised of volunteers from our two agencies as well as the Family Association of Glens Falls, LEAP, Moreau Community Center, NBT Bank, Open Door Mission, Salvation Army and Washington County DSS began to plan the food drive.

In early October, 75 CWI day program participants and staff prepared food collection bins to deliver to 65 area business sites to collect food three weeks prior to the food drive and pick them up once filled. In addition, some of these individuals spent multiple days at Price Chopper/Market 32 prepackaging $5 and $10 bags of food for customers to buy and donate. Kudos to CWI’s Transit Connection team for providing the buses used to collect food donations.

Hats off to the many businesses who collected food donations prior to the food drive (visit for a complete list). Special thanks to the Golub Corporation for being our site sponsor for the food drive held at their Price Chopper/Market 32 store for the sixth consecutive year. The managers and staff provided outstanding support, supplied boxes to use as food collection bins, and items for the prepackaged bags.

Special thanks to our sponsors: NBT Bank, Stored Tech, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co., G&S Printing, Hank’s Quality Flooring, Just-a-Buck Queensbury, M&M Digital Printing, Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park, and media sponsor Adirondack Broadcasting. We are grateful to the Kingsbury Volunteer Hose Company for allowing us to use their space for the pantries to pick up food donations as well as the SUNY Adirondack baseball team for help unloading food from buses. Last but not least, our sincere thanks to the 105 volunteers from the tri-county region who took time out from their busy schedules to help.

As you can see, it does take a village. By uniting to curb hunger, we are strengthening our community and making the holidays brighter for those struggling to put food on the table.

Our sincerest thanks,

Mark Donahue, CEO/President CWI, Inc.

Duane Vaughn, Executive Director Tri-County United Way”

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Holiday Message to Averill Park Fire Dept.

At this special time of year, the Board of Fire Commissioners of Averill Park- Sand Lake Fire District #2 would like to thank the men and women of the Averill Park- Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department for their dedication and service to the community, and wish them a safe and happy holiday season. Fire Chief Paul Glasser, Jr. and Assistant Fire Chief Jason Robelotto lead this dedicated group of firefighters and firematic support personnel. Through continual training and hard work, our all-volunteer fire department responds to any fire related emergency, serious medical emergency, motor vehicle crashes, and various other calls for assistance as needed. These volunteers are the backbone of the service we provide. They always answer the call when requested. If you are an Averill Park –Sand Lake resident, please join with us to thank and support our local volunteer fire department. The Board of Fire Commissioners wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Marty Andrews

Chairman Board of Fire Commissioners

Averill Park – Sand Lake Fire District # 2

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Memoirs of an Amnesiac: More Daisies

At this time of New Year’s resolutions, here’s food for thought from humorist Don Herold. I came across this essay while in my twenties. Don was looking back over his life at the time, and now so am I.

“If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would be less hygienic. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less spinach. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.”

“You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I have had my moments. But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them–a lot more. I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a map, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.”

“If I had my life to live over, I would start going barefoot a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall. I would have more dogs. I would keep later hours. I would have more sweethearts. I would fish more. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would go to more circuses.”

“In a world in which practically everybody else seems to be consecrated to the gravity of the situation, I would rise to glorify the levity of the situation. For I agree with Will Durant, who said, ‘Gaiety is wiser than wisdom.’”

“If I had my life to live over, I’d pick more daisies.” — Don Herold

Back when he wrote those words, ‘gaiety’ meant cheerfulness. I might not agree with everything, but it helped me figure out what was important to me.

Ron McKee, Averill Park


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All You Can Eat Breakfast

Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyders Corners Rd., Poestenkill, NY will have its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, January 4 from 8 to 11 AM.

Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under 10. Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, pancakes, home fries, French toast, juice, coffee or tea.

Giving Back

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Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board can be viewed live or at a later date at

During November, the Town Board approved the 2020 town budget that stays below the state property tax cap and maintains essential services such as public safety, emergency medical services, water and sewer, street maintenance, libraries, and parks and recreation.

The Town Board adopted a resolution for Girl Scout Troop 1493 to place a Little Library at the Schodack Town Park. Troop 1493 has agreed to provide the books and maintain the library for visitors of the park. We applaud Troop 1493 and their initiative to encourage reading and community engagement.

I had an enjoyable time on Small Business Saturday purchasing a tree and wreath at Maple Hill Trees, warming up with coffee and pastries at The Crisp Cannoli, shopping at The Dirty Bird antique store, and dining at The Hill restaurant. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economy and it is important that we support our local businesses not just during the holiday season but all year round.

Rensselaer County elected officials will be holding forums during December to address New York’s criminal justice reforms that take effect in January. One of the forums will be held at Schodack Town Hall on Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Election Day, I was honored to be re-elected to a second term on the Town Board. I am grateful to the people of Schodack for placing their trust in me and I look forward to working with my colleagues in government to make Schodack the best it can be.

At this special time of year, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

– Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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Scout Troop 525 Helps Troy Boys and Girls Club

BSA Scout Troop 525 out of West Sand Lake completed a service project to help local youth. Scouts filled 15 stockings with toys, gloves, school supplies, and fun items to give to the kids at the Troy Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club has a Christmas party every year for the kids featuring toys from Toys-for-Tots, local food donations, and a stocking for each of the children, delivered by Santa! Troop 525 is proud to be able to help 15 of the kids have a great Christmas!


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Community Service Awards from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Congratulations to Kelly Grimaldi, Director of Education and Program Development for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries on recently receiving a Community Service Award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), General Peter Gansevoort Chapter. The award, approved by the State and National DAR societies, recognizes Kelly for her dedication and hard work in reminding us of our obligation to respect and honor the memory of enslaved persons, veterans, little known people as well as successful people of our past. Kelly is a dedicated researcher, bringing to life the stories and history of our community.

Also recognized at the awards ceremony was Mark Quandt, Executive Director with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

12/19/2019 – 01/02/2020

Stephentown Food Pantry serves the community

The Stephentown Food Pantry relies entirely on community donations of money and food items to keep operating. The pantry’s team of hard-working volunteers sorts, shops, shelves, and shows up every Saturday to help our neighbors who need food assistance. If you, your business, church, club or organization can pitch in with a contribution, it would help a lot.

The Stephentown Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1983. If you would like to donate money to the pantry, you may send checks to the Stephentown Food Pantry treasurer at P. O. Box 387, Stephentown, NY 12168. There also is a collection basket for nonperishable food donations (no glass containers, please) at the Stephentown Memorial Library.

The Stephentown Food Pantry offers assistance to residents of Stephentown, New York, and Hancock, Massachusetts. The pantry is open every Saturday morning, weather permitting, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Stephentown Federated Church, 1513 Garfield Road (County Route 26). Each January all clients must bring identification (such as a current utility bill, not a drivers license) showing their current street address in Stephentown or Hancock. New clients must bring identification showing that they live in Stephentown or Hancock before being served. Appointments are not needed. As always, requests for help are confidential. The pantry is an equal opportunity provider. For information, call 518-487-8606.


12/26/2019 – 01/02/2020

50 Years of Zwack, Inc. and its founder is topic for talk to Stephentown Historical Society

An illustrated talk on Frank Zwack, Sr. and 50 Years of Zwack, Incorporated, will be presented by Michael Zwack on Sunday, January 5. The 2:00 p.m. Stephentown Historical Society meeting will be at the Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, New York. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

Founded in 1970, Zwack, Inc., is an innovative manufacturer of special machinery, equipment and technology for industry, municipalities, and a variety of other customers. This third generation, family-owned business began as a specialty manufacturer for one primary customer and today employs more than 40 people to provide clients worldwide with engineering, design, and manufacturing options.

Michael Zwack is the grandson of the late Frank Zwack, Sr.

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Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fund Raiser

January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Doors open at noon.)

Cost:   $25.00 FD Entry Donation. $50.00 Buy-In goes to the prize pool. (35,000 in chips) $20.00 Additional Add-On available. 50/50 Raffle available.

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Hall 3695 NY Route 43. For more information call Dennis @ 518-283-2252 or Fire Hall 518-674-3677 day of event.

* Free Refreshments and Lunch will be served. * All Walk-Ins Welcome. * Bring your Family and Friends and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!!!

Future Poker Tournament Dates: Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, 2020.

Local Fairs

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Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop

The Church of the Redeemer Thrift Shop has earned an excellent reputation by offering quality merchandise at bargain prices. We offer clothing, jewelry, household goods, wall decor, CDs, DVDs, records, games, toys, puzzles, baby gear and so much more.

The shop will be closed on Thursday December 26 so that the volunteers can enjoy a Christmas break. We’ll reopen on Saturday December 28 from 9 to 2, weather permitting. Located at 1249 Third Street in Rensselaer and on CDTA bus route # 214, the shop can be entered through the parking lot on the Catherine Street side. Visit us and be amazed!

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Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fund Raiser

January 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Doors open at noon.)

Cost:   $25.00 FD Entry Donation. $50.00 Buy-In goes to the prize pool. (35,000 in chips) $20.00 Additional Add-On available. 50/50 Raffle available.

West Sand Lake Vol. Fire Department Hall 3695 NY Route 43. For more information call Dennis @ 518-283-2252 or Fire Hall 518-674-3677 day of event.

* Free Refreshments and Lunch will be served. * All Walk-Ins Welcome. * Bring your Family and Friends and hope to see you at the Final Winners Table!!!

Future Poker Tournament Dates: Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, 2020.

Local Government

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

North Greenbush Historical Calendars Available

The 2020 North Greenbush Historical Calendar is now available. It contains old time pictures of Wynantskill, Snyder’s Lake and features a picture commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Defreestville Fire Department and a photo of the Gardner Dickinson 8th Grade graduating class of 1993. The calendars are $10 and are available at the Town Clerk’s .in Wynantskill (283-4306 or from Town Historian Jim Greenfield (265-4254

11/28/2019 – 12/19/2019

Banners for Veterans in the Town of Nassau

The Nassau Town Clerk, Sandy Rings, is pleased to announce that the Town of Nassau, Villages of Nassau and East Nassau and the Chandler-Young Veterans Association are undertaking a new project to honor our military veterans. We will be facilitating the sale, production and installation of individual veterans’ banners to honor their service to our community and our country. The banners will be installed on power poles in several locations throughout the Town. Applications are available on the Town website at, the Town Clerk’s Office at 29 Church Street and at the Chandler-Young Veterans Association at 7 Lyons Lake Road. We are hoping to be able to install banners whose applications are received prior to March 31, 2020 in time for Memorial Day, 2020. If you have any questions or need more details please feel free to call the Nassau Town Clerk’s Office at 518-766-2343, extension 1 or email

Sandra L. Rings, RMC

Nassau Town Clerk

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Rensselaer County Legislature Office of the Minority

December 2019 Meeting Highlights:

Health – The Legislature unanimously voted to accept additional grant money from the New York State Department of Health for Drinking Water Enhancement Programs. This funding is essential for assessing and identifying issues affecting the quality of drinking water in the County.

Criminal Justice Reform – At the November meeting, the legislature unanimously approved two resolutions, urging Governor Cuomo and the NYS legislature to review and reconsider the 2020 criminal justice reform and appropriate the necessary funding for the additional costs the county will incur by complying with the newly mandated legislation.

In December the County held the first of three forums to inform the residents of the impact this new legislation will have on public safety.

Social Services – The December meeting included many contract renewals for mandated Social Services programs with local agencies to provide support services ranging from family assistance, foster care, domestic violence, trauma assessment, secure and non-secure juvenile detention including the new Raise the Age (RTA) mandate to name a few.

Raise the Age (RTA) – On another note in October, New York State notified Rensselaer County that the RTA plan, after several modifications, was approved and that the County will receive reimbursement for the funding of personnel and other necessary expenses in the departments of Probation, Mental Health, Social Services, Youth, Employment & Training and Jail.

Cornell Cooperative Extension – The support of Federal, State and County funding is essential for the continued success of locally governed county cooperative extension associations. This funding has remained stagnant for 20 years; therefore a resolution was unanimously adopted to request an increase in financial support from New York State.

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An Update form the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority

The Rensselaer County Legislature hosted a public forum to discuss the NYS Criminal Justice Reforms in its Chambers on Monday, December 10th. The forum, organized by County Executive Steve McLaughlin included District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly and Sheriff Patrick Russo.

Chairman of the Legislature Michael Stammel welcomed everyone to the forum. In his opening remarks, Stammel said, “As we know, the Criminal Justice Reforms were snuck in during the adoption of the New York State budget. The reforms stripped judges of their ability to keep those charged with terrible crimes, behind bars. The reforms have also placed a large, unfunded financial burden on our County. Tomorrow night, the Legislature will be passing a resolution urging State leaders to amend and or delay the implementation of these laws before the end of the year. We are very concerned about the safety of our residents if our judges and district attorney can’t keep career criminals behind bars after an arrest. Tonight is a good opportunity for everyone to learn more about these reforms set to take effect on January 1st.”

Those who attended heard the concerns from county officials, and many were surprised to learn of the impending changes.

The final regular meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature was held on December 10th. At the meeting, the Legislature unanimously adopted a resolution that urges New York State leaders to amend or delay the implementation of the controversial Criminal Justice Reforms that were discussed at the forum the night before. Similar resolutions were passed by other counties in New York State as well.

The members of the Legislature Majority would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa. Best wishes also for a safe, Happy, and Healthy New Year.

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North Greenbush Report from Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo

North Greenbush kicked off the holiday season with a festive parade and holiday party complete with a tree lighting, delicious cookies donated by the Cookie Factory, and presents and books for 150 children! Thank you to the YOUth Makes a Difference Committee headed by Deb Desso for organizing this event.

The town is now registered with NYSDEC as a “Climate Smart “ Community. This means that the town has joined the network of New York communities that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve climate resilience. The town is now eligible to participate in state programs that will provide technical assistance and funding to adapt best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

During December, the town experienced a number of problems with its drinking water supply, including low pressure and boil water alerts. Since the town does not have a Facebook page or provide access to an alert system such as Nixle, I would like to remind all residents that I regularly post updates about town happenings and noteworthy at my Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo facebook page, @Maryfrancessabongcouncil. If you are a Facebook user, I would encourage you to “like” this page.

The town board said farewell to two long-time public servants in December. Both Supervisor Lou Desso and Councilman Al Spain will leave the board at the end of the year. Councilman Spain has served continuously on the town board with only 2 breaks since 1993. A dedicated public servant, he has led the town through difficult fiscal times to its present state of solvency. Supervisor Desso has served on the town board since 2008 and has been instrumental in starting the YOUth makes a Difference Committee which has funded numerous events such as the summer concert series, holiday parties, and summer camp. Good luck to both Councilman Spain and Supervisor Desso!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Submitted by Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo

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The Defreestville Fire Department Holds Annual Elections

Annually, the Defreestville Fire Department holds elections for Fire Chief officer positions. This year we’re proud to announce the members have elected a new leadership line up, from left to right:

· William Burkart has been promoted to DFD Chief (Car 1) from 1st Assistant Chief

· Brandon Galligan has been promoted to 2nd Assistant Chief (Car 3) from Captain

· Mike Russell has been promoted to 1st Assistant Chief (Car 2) from 2nd Assistant Chief

Congratulations to these outstanding firefighters. We are all wishing them the best as they lead our department in 2020 and beyond.

Please also join us in extending sincere gratitude to outgoing Chief Brian McCrae. After serving the last 11 years as a Chief Officer for DFD, the last five as Chief of Department, Chief McCrae is stepping down from a leadership role.

Chief McCrae set an honorable and high standard for all future leadership to follow. His service to the men and women of the DFD, the town of North Greenbush, and surrounding communities is greatly appreciated.

On the civil side, the Defreestville Fire Company also re-elected the following individuals: PJ Facteau, President; Erik Denny, Vice President; Jason Christie, Secretary; Jason Strosberg, Treasurer; and Bob Ewing, Membership Secretary.

We thank them for their responsible stewardship and thank them for their continued effort.

11/14/2019 – 01/02/2020

New Campaign Encourages Parents to “Talk2Kids” and Stop Problem Gambling Before It Starts

To raise awareness about the growing dangers of underage gambling in New York state, The New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) has launched a comprehensive multimedia marketing campaign urging parents to talk to their young children ages 6-10 about the risks and realities of underage gambling.

The campaign, titled “Talk2Kids,” is designed to address troubling statistics that reveal that a staggering 39.5 percent of youth age 12-17 have gambled over the past 12 months. Thirty percent of these youth state they began gambling at age 10 or younger. Gambling is defined as risking something of value on a game of chance for a desired result. Some examples of gambling include betting with friends on sports, games of skill and dares for money or possessions; raffles; lottery and scratch off tickets (obtained illegally or received as a gift); poker and other card and dice games; and, gambling online in video games, or on the outcome of video game matches.

“The goal of Talk2Kids is to have parents and community leaders — those who interact with young children — to start a dialogue with kids about gambling so that youth can be better informed and make healthier decisions for themselves,” said Michelle Hadden, assistant executive director, NYCPG.

Parents can make an important difference in their child’s future by talking with them about gambling, even if they’re as young as six years old. By asking questions, listening and showing interest in what their child is doing on their phone, tablet or gaming system, parents can stop problem gambling before it starts.

For more information and to learn helpful tips and view brief educational videos showing real life scenarios of parents speaking with their children about the possible serious consequences of their gambling activities, please visit

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Notice of Tax Collecting Town of Nassau

Take Notice, that I Heather Werner, the undersigned Collector of Taxes of the Town of Nassau, County of Rensselaer and State of New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Nassau for the year 2020, and that I will attend at 29 Church Street, in the Town of Nassau from 1/2/2020 to 1/31/2020 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm to 2pm, Thursday 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm, Friday 12pm to 1pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm, excepting Thursday 1/09/2020 and Saturday 1/18/2020.

Take Further Notice, that taxes may be paid on or before 1/31/2019 without charge or interest. On all taxes received after such date, there shall be added interest of 1% if paid on or before 2/29/2020 and an additional 2% for each additional month or fraction thereof thereafter until such taxes are paid or until the return of unpaid taxes to the County Treasurer pursuant to law.

Take Further Notice, that pursuant to the provisions of the law the tax roll of the Town of Nassau will be returned to the County Treasurer of the County of Rensselaer on the 1st day of April 2020.

Dated 12/27/2020

Heather Werner

Pets & Conservation

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Sand Lake Dog Park News!

Thank you! The Sand Lake Dog Park Committee would like to thank all those members of our community who supported the future Sand Lake Dog Park in 2019. Our capital campaign for a fence will continue in 2020!  Full Moon Walks! As we develop a strong canine community we would like to invite you to Full Moon walks at the Sand Lake Walking Trails (and future site of the Dog Park) on Eastern Union Turnpike. We hope to see you on February 9th and March 8th at 6:30pm. We will enjoy warm beverages and treats for dogs and humans. Donations encouraged.  Please contact us at and join us. Our next meeting is January 7th at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall. That’s all fur now!

– The Sand Lake Dog Park Committee

Submitted by Shannon DeCelle

School Bulletins

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West Sand Lake Resident Clayton Besch Returns Following Intensive Research Project

Worcester, MA – Clayton Besch of West Sand Lake, N.Y., a member of the class of 2021 majoring in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the WPI project center in Japan. The project was titled Mapping the Future of Gojo Rakuen. In their project summary, the students wrote, “This project sought to brainstorm ideas to recommend a dream for the area so that we can improve public perception and draw people back into Gojo Rakuen, in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto.”

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Columbia Graduation Start Time Changed to 10:00 a.m.

The start time for the Columbia High School graduation ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the McDonough Sports Complex at HVCC has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The change is being made so Columbia’s graduation ceremony is the first of the day at the venue. In past years, Columbia’s ceremony has followed other schools, which leaves a short amount of time to change seating and stage setup, perform audiovisual checks and for the preceding school’s graduates and guests to vacate the parking lots.

The earlier start time will also allow for cooler temperatures inside the venue and more time for graduates and their families to celebrate after the event.

Visit for more information about Columbia’s graduation ceremony.

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News from Averill Park CSD

Averill Park High School was selected to represent New York state at the National Christmas Tree Experience in Washington, D.C. Students created ornaments which are now on display in the nation’s capital. Great job by everyone who was involved!

Fifth grade students in all three elementary schools, and sixth graders at Algonquin Middle School, learned about internet safety recently. Alexa Benincasa, an Investigative Specialist from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse, presented to elementary students. Averill Park CSD’s School Resource Officer, Deputy Nikles, presented to AMS students. This is a very important subject and we are grateful for the work Miss Benincasa and Deputy Nikles put into their presentations.

Congratulations to Sam Hart for winning the Algonquin Middle School spelling bee. This is the third consecutive year that Sam has won the competition. Way to go!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent

Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay

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Troy Student Alex Chodan Accepted to Nation’s First Two-Year High School

Great Barrington, MA – It’s not every day that students attend a two-year high school, but for this Troy, NY student, that’s exactly the case. Alex Chodan earned a place in the fall 2019 entering class at Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock.

Chodan’s academic and personal achievements stood out, securing Alex a spot at Bard Academy this fall. Bard Academy is located on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and is the nation’s first two-year boarding and day program designed to prepare 9th and 10th graders to start college early. This intellectually-curious and engaged student will find full expression in the arts, athletics, clubs, and social activities-while also benefitting from college faculty and college facilities.

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Amanda Kern named to USCAA All-Academic Team

Paul Smiths, N.Y. – Amanda Kern of Poestenkill, NY, was named a Fall 2019 USCAA Academic All-American.

Kern, a student at Paul Smith’s College who was honored for participation in women’s soccer, majors in Baking Arts and Service Management.

Student-athletes with grade-point averages of 3.5 and above are eligible for the honor. Twenty-six Paul Smith’s students made this year’s list.

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Area Nazareth College Students named to Fall 2019 Dean’s List

Rochester, NY – Nazareth College is proud to announce that the following area students have been named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List.

Megan Hurley of Troy (12180)

Emily Jaworski of Troy (12180)

Dominik Monterroso of Mechanicville (12118)

A student’s grade point average must be at least 3.5 or above, and they must complete 12 credit hours of graded work that semester in order to be included on the dean’s list at Nazareth.

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New York Army National Guard Promotions

Latham, NY – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Alex Ciulla from Mechanicville, N.Y. and assigned to the 206th Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.

David Hansen from Melrose, N.Y. and assigned to the 2nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Charles Olson from East Greenbush, N.Y. and assigned to the 466th Medical Company Area Support received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Robert Hoard from Berlin, N.Y. and assigned to the Company C, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Joshua Phillips from East Greenbush, N.Y. and assigned to the Company C, 2-108th Infantry received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Blake Pobran from Johnsonville, N.Y. and assigned to the Company A, 1-224th Aviation Security and Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Justin Aragosa from Troy, N.Y. and assigned to the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.


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7 Ways to Love Your Brain

As people ponder New Year’s resolutions, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to include brain health on the list. Research shows that healthy lifestyle interventions may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and help reduce the risk of dementia.

The following tips are aimed at promoting brain health.

1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

3. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

4. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

5. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

6. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. For example, if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program.

7. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

For more information, visit

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Senior Membership Meeting

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host the monthly Eastern Senior Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3rd. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities and events will be discussed at this meeting. Plan to stay and join us at noon for a nutritious meal for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.

01/02/2020 – 01/17/2020

Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events…

• Bingo: Wednesday & Friday Following Lunch!

• Line Dancing: Join Our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking For More Line Dancers To Join Our Class! It’s A Fun Way To Keep Active!

• Swimming: Wednesdays @9:00 A.M. Lansingburg Boys/Girls Club

• Chair Yoga Or Aerobics: Mondays @ 9:30 Followed By Aerobics.

• Movie On Big Screen: Friday, January 3rd @10 A.M.

• Game Day (With H.S. Students): Monday, January 6th Starting At 10 A.M.

Sports & Recreation

11/21/2019 – 12/19/2019

Town of East Greenbush Adult Indoor Corn Hole

Adult Indoor Corn Hole will begin at the Hampton Manor Beach House on Thursday January 2nd at 5:30 PM and run consecutively each Tuesday @ 3PM and each Thursday at 5:30 PM throughout the winter months. Due to limited space in the building there are limited spots. Please pre-register by calling 518-477-4194. You can pick one time slot or the other or both. Cards and Games will also be available in the beach house for those not interested in corn hole, but looking to get out and socialize. Please let us know if there are larger groups or leagues that would be interested in playing at the Red Barn in the Town Park- give us a call to discuss.

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First Day Hike at Grafton Lakes State Park

Start the new year off right with a hike on the trails! Two mile moderate hike around Shaver Pond over moderate terrain. Free program with snowshoes available. Please pre-register as capacity is limited as are number of snowshoes available: 518-279-1155, ext. 2. Please note that program will be postponed in the event of extreme cold, heavy snows, and high winds.

The Arts

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Twelfth Night Celebration at Schuyler Mansion

An evening of merriment! On Saturday, January 4, 2020, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site will welcome visitors for its annual Twelfth Night Celebration, “Salutations of the Season!” From 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. the site will host an open house, replete with 18th century holiday fare, live music, bonfires (weather permitting!), period reenactors, and wassail toasts! Admission: $7.00 Adults / $6.00 Seniors & Students / $2.00 Children (12 and under) / $5.00 Friends members.

Then cross the river, where the celebration continues at Crailo State Historic Site with Yuletide decorations, hearthside cooking, live music, re-enactors and other festive traditions of the 17th century! Both events run concurrently and a combination admission, which includes both historic houses, is available.

Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, was one of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Dutch and English of 17th and 18th century New York. Falling on January 6th, Twelfth Night was the final holiday of the season, marked by unsurpassed feasting and revelry. Come and celebrate with us! Snow date: Sun., Jan 5th, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Schuyler Mansion is located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End. For information about this or other site events, please call (518) 434-0834, visit or find us on Facebook.

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